Guest Author: Rita Marko, Phoenix Public Library/Community Relations
Phoenix Public Library, in partnership with the Arizona Science Center, will host a celebration to launch Sasha and Rodney Glassman’s newest book in their Jeremy Jackrabbit series, “Jeremy Jackrabbit Captures the Sun,” 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 12, 2014 at the Arizona Science Center, located at 600 E. Washington.
Illustrated by children from throughout the metropolitan area, including Scottsdale, Laveen, Chandler and Phoenix, more than 52,000 copies of the book will be distributed free of charge to every kindergarten student in Maricopa County. Councilwoman Laura Pastor and Councilwoman Kate Gallego will read the book at the event after which the young artists will be available to sign the pages in the book which they illustrated.
Sasha Glassman is an attorney and member of the Madison Elementary School District Governing Board. Rodney Glassman, PhD in arid land resource sciences and former Tucson city councilman, is an attorney with Ryley Carlock & Applewhite.
The Glassmans’ first book, “Jeremy Jackrabbit Harvests the Rain,” was illustrated by children in Tucson and distributed to kindergarten students in Tucson Unified School District. Their second book, “Jeremy Jackrabbit Recycles the Can,” was the subject of a 2012 illustration contest in partnership with the library. More than 46,000 copies of the book were distributed to Phoenix area kindergarten students in April 2013.
The project is supported by UFCW, First Solar, Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 469, The Arizona Republic, Phoenix Firefighters Union, AEA, MCESA, City of Tempe, ASU-GIOS, Chandler Education Foundation, Lifelock, Freeport McMoRan, ASU Foundation and the Madison Education Foundation. For more information about the Jeremy Jackrabbit book series, visit http://www.jeremyjackrabbit.com/.